You can’t be successful without being healthy.
Success is living every day in a beautiful state; to feel you are living a life that is inspired, empowered, enlightened and passionate.
When we are healthy, or working towards being healthy, our body is becoming cleaner, stronger, more flexible, more capable and more powerful. When we feel these good feelings we are able to take on life with confidence, adapt to challenges and find a way to achieve success.
If you want success, you must find health.
Read on to learn more about health and success.
Health is not just absence of disease but a state of overall wellbeing.
In 1948, the World Health Organization (WHO) defined health with a phrase that is still used today.
“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” WHO, 1948.
In 1986, the WHO further clarified that health is:
So according to the global ‘authority’ on health, health is a state of overall wellbeing. Therefore health describes a body, a person, that is well, in good condition and capable.
Furthermore, the WHO describes health as a resource for life, encompassing social and personal resources and physical capabilities. Meaning that health is a resource, it is something we can use, it is something that helps us to live life.
Therefore, our level of health determines our success. A person who is socially healthy, personally healthy and physically capable, has more ability to achieve than a person who is not healthy.
Health leads to success in several ways:
- Health means longer life,
- Health means greater access to experience,
- Health leads to greater efficacy, and
- Health leads to happiness.
- Health Means Longer Life:
A Key indicator of success is time and how long you live depends on your health.
If we measure life in years, then the longer you live the more successful you are.
Living longer gives us greater access to new technologies, opportunities and advantages that we don’t have access to if we die before they are created.
However, if you’re going to grow old, you need to make sure that you keep your body in good condition. An old body that is worn down, tired and in constant need of medical attention is not a body living in a peak and beautiful state.
Live longer so you can enjoy everything the world has to offer; the wonders of the future, the relaxation of retirement, the joy of grand children and all the things that we enjoy living for.
Just remember, if you live long, you need to stay strong!
2 Another key indicator of success is access.
The more access you have to the resources of the world and to life’s experiences the more successful you will be.
The healthier you are, the more access you will have to experiences: tracking through the wild, travelling, playing sport, playing with your kids and so on. All of these activities give great joy but are only possible if you have a healthy body.
If your body is tired, sick or injured, it is much harder to participate in some of life’s most enjoyable activities.
From my own personal experience, I found life is far more enjoyable with a health body that is in good shape. When I was 40 Kilos overweight everything was a chore. Everything was difficult and I wasn’t motivated to try new and exciting challenges feeling that my body was an embarrassment. Forget playing sports, going shopping, impressing in a job interview, going swimming on holiday, looking for love.
Having bad health and poor body image robbed me of many of life’s great pleasures. It wasn’t until I started to reclaim my health and my body that I started to realise how much I was missing out on.
Being fit and healthy gives you access to so many more opportunities to find enjoyment in life. Also, with health comes confidence and a feeling of efficacy.
3 Health leads to confidence and efficacy.
To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. Buddha
With a healthy body comes confidence, a feeling of efficacy, of optimism and virility. When you have that outlook on life, you are more capable in relationships. You feel more attractive sexually, more comfortable socially and more capable professionally.
If you feel empowered, you are more likely to strive out and search for new challenges and new adventures.
With a healthy body we are more capable and more able to take on the challenges of life that lead to true fulfilment and happiness.
Health creates efficacy and gives access to a greater life.
4 Health also leads to happiness.
Health reduces stress, gives a feeling of balance, and makes you feel good and in tune with the world. These feelings lead to fulfilment and satisfaction, which leads to true happiness.
When you feel physically fit, you feel in control, you feel powerful, you feel capable, clean and energetic.
I have experienced this personally, having lost a lot of weight and starting to exercise consistently. Now I feel like I’m fit and strong, I feel stronger, more attractive, more capable and I feel happy.
Another great benefit of health is its ability to overcome stress. In the modern world, where everyone is constantly feeling stressed to achieve at incredibly high levels in all areas of their social, personal and professional lives, exercise is a great way to combat the stress.
Reduce the stress levels in your life through relaxation techniques like meditation, deep breathing, and exercise. You’ll look and feel way better for it. Suzanne Somers
Not only will you look and feel better, but you will be more able to make good decisions which will lead to success in all the areas of your daily grind.
How to achieve this health:
- Eat healthy
We all eat to live, however, we don’t always think about what we eat. When we do really think about it, and we’re completely honest, then we know what’s good for us.
If we eat too much ‘bad’ food, and not enough ‘good’ food, we are not going to be healthy.
When we eat the right amount of ‘good’ food, and limit the amount of ‘bad’ food, then we will be healthy and our systems will work better, we’ll feel better, we’ll look better, and we’ll be more successful.
This is not a diet blog and I’m not going to cover the mountains of information on ‘good/bad’ food and all the different dieting methods one could take.
But very simply, and what worked for me:
- Drink lots of water.
- Eat as much vegetables as you want.
- Eat a moderate amount of low fat protein – eggs, fish, meat
- Limit carbohydrates like bread, rice, cereals.
- Severely limit all fats and sugars.
- Eat as much natural food, and as little processed food, as possible.
This is basic advice, but at the end of the day, our body is a simple machine – protein makes muscle, vege’s give us nutrients, carb’s give us energy, fats keep us lubricated and sugar ignites us to action.
However, remember everyone is different and it’s best to start with small changes and find out what works for you.
2 Exercise healthy
“Those who think they have no time for exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.” ~Edward Stanley
It’s very simple and we all know the truth. Our body is a machine that is made to work. If we don’t use it, it will become weak, inflexible, tired and rundown. We need to exercise to ensure all the functions and systems are in order and working well – if we don’t we get sick and/or injured.
For those who know the benefits of exercise, we know that we need to do cardio, like running and jumping and so on, to build strength in our circulatory system – so our lungs, our heart, and our blood systems are working well.
We need to do strength training, to ensure our bones and muscles remain strong and keep our skeleton, our torso, head and our limbs in good shape, to avoid serious strain and injury.
We need to do flexibility training to make sure our whole body moves well and avoids straining and breaking.
We also need to make sure we work our mind and spend time outside getting sunshine, remaining active and social and working our eyes, ears, nose, taste and all the functions of the human body.
It’s a lot to think of, but start small, learn what works for you and do what you love; walking, swimming, dancing, playing with the kids, anything that gets the body moving is a great pace to start.
Try different things to maintain interest and to challenge yourself, like running, weights, yoga, and martial arts. Try to build up to a higher level and become fitter and strong.
These are the things that I love to do and the things that keep me healthy in mind, body and soul – fit and hungry and capable to chase success.
But there’s many more options for you to try. Try what you find interesting, keep it fresh and enjoyable, and keep pushing until you feel fantastic.
Health makes happiness
The top line: abundant scientific research demonstrates the close connection of the mind and body. Positive lifestyle factors including exercise, nutrition, sunlight, and sleep are associated with improved mental well-being and lower incidence of depression and anxiety.
Good health makes you more capable. Good health makes your body work better and makes you feel good. Good health makes you capable and confident and able to achieve in all areas of your life.
Good health leads to happiness.
Confidence, strength, inspiration, empowerment, efficacy and so on, are all a must if you want to change your life and begin to find true success.
It’s not always easy to maintain good health. But if you tell yourself that every day is the first day, you can forget about what you did bad yesterday and keep working on making today a healthy day. If you keep working on making today better than yesterday you’ll get there.
Strive for health. Your body will thank you. Your family will thank you. It will improve everything around you and will give you the power to be happy and positive.
If you enjoyed this article read more about how I learned to lead a successful life. Read my article, I am a Success: How I went from Big Fat Zero to My Own Personal Hero.
Thank you for reading and remember to always keep striving for success.